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On Raglan Road - Irish Love Songs and their Inspiration

loveIn this podcast, 'On Raglan Road; Great Irish Love Songs and the Women who Inspired Them' writer and poet Gerard Hanberry explains the inspiration behind well-known Irish songs and ballads. Have you ever wondered who the ‘Galway Girl’ was, or if there was a real-life ‘Nancy Spain’. Would you like to discover the inspiration behind Brendan Graham's hugely successful and much covered 'You Raise Me Up'? Learn the often surprising, sometimes bittersweet but always absorbing stories of the real women who inspired some of the world’s finest love songs.

Gerry Hanberry is a writer, poet, musician. Read more about the stories behind great Irish love songs in Gerry's new book On Raglan Road, published this September.

May and James's Love Letters during the Rising

Letters - May & James by Tessa FinnWhen May Finn died after 50 years of widowhood, her family found a hidden trove of more than 90 love letters carefully tied in ribbons.  They had been written in 1916 as she and her fiancé approached their wedding day that June. Great historic changes were playing out in Ireland at the same time. Their world was being “changed utterly” but did they really understand it?

Listen to Tessa Finn, talk about and read from the extraordinary exchange of love letters between her grandparents which took place during the turbulent year of the Rising.  The letters provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of two people growing in love, not involved in the conflict but touched by it in many ways.

The Queen's Theatre

The Queen's TheatreDuring Heritage Week we were fortunate to host award winning writer Cecil Allen's entertaining talk about the colourful history of The Queen's Theatre. In this recording, you can relive the drama of this famous theatre, meet some of the key figures who wrote and performed plays there and hear about the lively audiences who flocked there in their thousands. 

The Queen’s Theatre, located in Pearse Street was originally built in 1829 as the Adelphi Theatre. From its earliest days the theatre celebrated Ireland’s heroes and her historical characters. Figures such as St Patrick, Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet were some of the subjects portrayed in her plays.  The Queen's was known as the home of Irish melodrama, and was associated with key figures of Irish melodrama, including Dion Boucicault, Ira Allen, P.J. Bourke, the first man to sing the Irish National Anthem. In this talk, we are privileged to gain a unique insight into playwright, actor and producer Ira Allen, Cecil Allen's grandfather. An influential  player on the Irish theatre scene, Ira played St Patrick in the popular and innovative, 'Aimsir Padraig / In the days of St Patrick' (1919), notable for being the first bilingual Irish/English silent film.

Remembering and reinventing the Rising

1916 Commemorations in 1966Listen to historian Donal Fallon discuss the history of commemorating the 1916 Rising, while looking at events such as the first anniversary in 1917, the often-violent Easter parades of 1930s Dublin and the fiftieth anniversary in 1966.

Recorded on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 6.30pm in Dublin City Library and Archive as part of the Dublin City Council 1916/2016 Centenary Programme.

Image: BOR F11/10 Poster for 1916 Commemorative Stand at R.D.S. Spring Show, 1966. Birth of the Republic Collection, Dublin City Library & Archive. (click image to enlarge)

Remembering and reinventing the Rising transcript

Dublin Literary Award Winner Akhil Sharma Reading and Q&A

Akhil Sharma & Niall MacMonagleOn the evening of Friday, 10 June, literary award winner Akhil Sharma gave a reading, followed by a Q&A session, introduced and moderated by Niall MacMonagle,  in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Sharma was announced the winner of the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Family Life at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Thursday, 9th June 2016.

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Listen to: Social Media for Beginners

Tony RileyAre you keen to get started on social media?  Would you like to learn to tweet, comment on YouTube, share your photos and maintain your privacy on facebook? Are you looking for tips on how to protect your children online? Then this information session with teacher Tony Riley on 'how to use social media in a safe and fun way’ is for you.

This session will guide you on use of everyday apps and help you to be in control of what information you decide to share. Listen to Tony share practical tips on safe browsing and communicating with your children about online safety and limiting use of devices.

Recorded at Pearse Street Library on Saturday 13 June 2015.

Elizabeth O’Farrell and the 1916 Proclamation

1916 ProclamationDublin City Council holds an original 1916 Proclamation which belonged to Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell and was kindly donated by her family.  This Proclamation has been conserved and is now on display in The Story of the Capital exhibition at City Hall. To commemorate the family’s generosity, Dublin City Council held a seminar in the Council Chamber at City Hall on Monday 25 April 2016. We've recorded all three talks so you can listen back here if you missed this special event commemorating one of Ireland's most important documents and a truly remarkable woman.

Poetry Reading with Ronan Brown

Ronan Brown'A Poet in Bits' was a poetry reading by Ronan Brown at Pearse Street Library on 19th August 2015.

Ronan Brown was born in Manchester and grew up in Dalkey in the 50s and 60s. He worked as a chartered surveyor but has been writing poetry since the 1970s. Browne was a former member of 'Chapter and Verse', the writers' group which met in the Killiney Court Hotel. His work has been published in anthologies.

Poetry Reading with Ross Donlon

Bookcover: The Blue Dressing Gown by Ross DonlonPoetry reading by Australian poet, Ross Donlon at Pearse Street Library on 13th May 2015.

Ross Donlon lives in Castlemaine in Australia. His poems have been widely published in Australia and Ireland. The Blue Dressing Gown was published in 2011 by Profile Poetry. Tightrope Horizon (Five Islands Press) was published in 2003. Shh and Other Love Poems and My Ship were published  by Mark Time Books in 2009. Shh has been anthologised in Poems for All Occasions and elsewhere. In 2014 Ross published Awakening: Poems from the collection of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Light Travelling: a sampler of new and collected poems. His latest book is Sjøvegan (The Sea Road).

Poetry Reading with Christine Broe

Christine Broe Christine Broe reading from her poetry collection Lifting Light: Poems and Artwork in Pearse Street Library on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Christine accompanied her reading with a presentation of her artwork from Lifting Light.

Born and still living in Dublin, Christine has worked as an art teacher, arts facilitator, and art therapist while looking after a family of seven. She has been writing poetry since the 1990s, winning the inaugural Brendan Kennelly Award in 2001. Christine gained international recognition when she was awarded the Premio Cittá di Olbia prize in 2002. Swan Press published her debut collection Solas Sólás in 2003.

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